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3 Key Steps to Manage Remote Asset Inventories

By Enterprise Technology Review | Monday, November 02, 2020

3 Key Steps to Manage Remote Asset Inventories

As more enterprises will begin to widen their options to include remote work, they will find that effective inventory management is vital to success.

FREMONT, CA: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic showed that an enterprise's potential to go remote is vital to its survival and success in the present economy. With stress on employee safety in this new normal, enterprise across industries started taking their operations remotely. The economy can stop for anything, meaning enterprise assets needed to make their way out of offices and into employees' homes. Tens and thousands of corporate assets must be accounted for and managed. Not in a single location, but across thousands of locations. This new trend is going to change the way inventory is managed. An automated asset inventory solution can come to help here. Here are some critical steps to implementing this solution. 

• Tagging Approach

Planning the tagging approach is vital to a successful automated solution. The plan must include what type of tags enterprises want to use for all assets, including linear barcode, 2D barcode, or RFID. Planning the asset tag helps make the count capture seamless and will offer high confidence in the outcomes. The pre-printed tag approach eliminates the need to match a specific tag to a particular asset. It also allows updating the label when new tagging is required.

• Device Plan

The device plan needs to address the user experience, network considerations, and, of course, support. Selecting a mobile device model that is easy to use, serviced, and update remotely is essential. This helps to establish local ownership of the solution and reduces disruptions to the user. Having devices that can function with or without network service is the most productive and least frustrating when remote network connections are involved.

• Training Plan

A solution is successful ONLY if the user knows how to interact with the solution. Having a training plan that is economically feasible to execute and ensures the user is ready when the solution is implemented is essential. Online training that can easily guide users through the application in their remote location on their exact devices is effective. This training must be repeatable to accommodate any staff requirements. The training also needs to include full documentation that supports these efforts. 

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